Czech PM fined for recruiting alleged communist

A local municipality office in Prague has fined Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka for proposing an alleged communist era secret-police agent as finance minister without checking on his past.

AP Last Updated: Jun 04, 2014, 19:24 PM IST

Prague: A local municipality office in Prague has fined Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka for proposing an alleged communist era secret-police agent as finance minister without checking on his past.

The prime minister said today that the office ruled he committed a misdemeanour when he proposed businessman Andrej Babis as finance minister without requesting proof he hadn`t worked for the secret police.

In the Czech Republic, local municipality offices can hand out fines for less serious offences, such as traffic rules or public order violations.

The country`s law bars former communist agents and collaborators from some public offices, but not specifically from government posts.

Babis denies ever being an agent and is currently suing a Slovak institute which claims it has evidence he was. Sobotka said he would appeal the ruling.